, virginia, and maryland have already declared states of emergency. the major question now remains exactly what path will earl take up the coast. we'll be checking in with al for the latest on this in just a moment. >> got some other stories to cover, including amanda knox, the american college student convicted of murdering her roommate in italy. this morning, some new revelations about her state of mind. and we'll talk to a former fbi agent who is absolutely convinced that she is innocent. >> that's right. and also a little bit later, familiar face around here on "today." try going, matt, the entire month wearing just six items of clothing. the question is, did anybody notice? did you? we're going to find out how she did. >> over and over again. let's begin this morning with hurricane earl. al is in kill devil hills in north carolina on the outer banks. he's tracking the storm. al, good morning to you. >> well, good morning, matt. and, yes, earl has strengthened overnight. a category 4 storm. let's give you the latest details on earl. first of all, we've got a very active area out there.